Welcome to the homepage of the German Candidate Study!
Candidates running for public office have been surveyed in the past. Scientific studies of candidates in national parliamentary elections have been conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany. These studies have set a standard in terms of comparative candidate surveys.
Situated in this tradition, the German Candidate Study (GCS) 2005 provides two major accomplishments, methodologically and substantively. First, the GCS 2005 updates the time series by adding another time point to study behavioral trends. Second, the GCS 2005 is based on a number of research questions that directly address the analysis of representative democracies in general and reach, therefore, beyond the narrow focus of this inquiry. Attitudes of candidates about politics, their actual campaign and communication strategies as well as their socio-economic background are lying at the core of those research questions
Fieldwork is complete. The
response rate was 44%. There are already various publications based on the data, and more are about to follow:
Wüst, Hermann Schmitt, Thomas Gschwend and
Candidates in the 2005 Bundestag Election: Mode of Candidacy, Campaigning and Issues,
German Politics 15 (4), 2006, pp. 420-438.